Wellness Checks are an affordable community multiphasic blood analysis available to all community members. Excela Health partners with the Rotary to present these screenings as a benefit to our community and those they serve. This popular program includes 22 tests that monitor all major body organs as well as a glucose (blood sugar) and cholesterol test, a complete blood count is included for a cost of only $35.00. The comparable cost of having these tests done individually or not as part of a community health fair or similar event would be well over $200. Results are processed at an Excela Health laboratory and are screened for abnormalities
Fasting for 12 hours prior to the testing is recommended. Participants receive a copy of the results and a booklet explaining what the tests are for in the mail approximately 7-10 days following.
For dates and locations, visit www.excelahealth. org
Rotary and its partners are on-track to end polio in the next few years. The eradication effort has seen significant progress in recent years:
In January 2014, we celebrated one of the world’s greatest achievements in global health: India being certified as polio-free. India was once considered the hardest place on earth to stop polio. Now, India’s success proves polio can be stopped in even the most challenging conditions.
In September 2015, Nigeria – Africa’s last polio-endemic country – was declared polio-free by the World Health Organization.
The entire continent of Africa has not reported a polio case since August 11, 2014.
Since the global initiative began more than 25 years ago, Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by 99.9% percent worldwide.
When the initiative started in 1988, more than 350,000 people were stricken by polio every year – nearly 1,000 new polio cases every day.
All countries must continue to maintain high routine immunization coverage until polio is eradicated everywhere.
Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, our club has supported the environmental science department at the Greater Latrobe School District in their efforts to address eroding stream banks along Nine Mile Run as it flows through Rotary Park. Over a three-year period, more than two hundred high school students worked to install nineteen log strucures that stabilize the banks and direct the water flow to improve fish habitats. Not only has their effort minimized erosion, but the number of fish species has increased from nine in 2007 to twenty-two in 2010. In the process, students have learned to connect classroom concepts with real-life solutions to environmental problems.